Students at one of the University of London colleges rejected a motion to commemorate the Holocaust, because to do so would be “eurocentric” and “colonialist,” Breitbart reported.
Goldsmith College is one of the constituent colleges of the national University of London. Its Student Union is known for its activism, especially with respect to education cuts, and regarding the issue of “Palestine.”
On Tuesday, Oct.. 14, a Goldsmith student proposed a motion to “commemorate the victims of genocide, totalitarianism and racial hatred.” Such a commemoration was essential to “sustaining and defending democratic culture and civil society, especially in the face of a resurgence or neo-fascism, racial hatred and neo-Stalinism across Europe.”
Perhaps what was most irksome to the students who rejected it, is that the motion began by mentioning the “unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust.”
The Student Union voted against the motion, 60 – 1, the lone vote in favor being cast by the student who proposed the motion. Some of the students who voted against the measure claimed it was not anti-Semitic or anti-any other victims of genocide, just that other genocides (i.e. of non-whites) should have been included.
Comments regarding the genocide commemoration motion were largely focused on the (white) race of the student author of the motion and that the Student Union is anti-Zionist, so could not commemorate the Holocaust.
In September the Student Union rejected a motion to condemn ISIS because the motion was Islamophobic.
That motion was in support of defending the rights of the Christian and Yazidi-Kurd minorities, condemning ISIS and supporting the Kurds fighting against it, and encouraging the boycott of anyone funding or supplying ISIS with goods, training, travel or soldiers.
An officer of the Black Students said, “We recognise that condemnation of ISIS appears to have become a justification for war and blatant Islamophobia.
“This rhetoric exacerbates the issue at hand and in essence is a further attack on those we aim to defend.”